Are you still undecided about integrating 3D scanning into your business? We’ve shared with you reasons why you should, but if you’re still sitting on the fence, continue reading to find out how 3D scanners can improve your work quality and reduce costs.
- Greater Flexibility in Design
We know how laborious and costly the manual design process can be. There’s always the tendency to simplify your designs to avoid constantly re-working designs to make sure the final product has no issues. But why should you have to compromise on your beautiful designs? With 3D scanning, you can shorten the digital design process, allowing you to come up with sophisticated product designs without worrying about the cost of testing different designs since you can do so digitally.
This means that as long as you can design it, you can create it. By using 3D scanners in the conceptualization and idea generation process, you can digitize existing objects, allowing you to experiment with various iterations of your design before producing a prototype or the actual product.
A major advantage of 3D scanning is the ability to create better ergonomic designs due to the capability to digitally capture the human anatomy. This means that designs can be created to truly conform to the human body – allowing for better comfort and safety. For example, you can create custom-fit helmets and unique motorbike bodies.
- Improved Accuracy & Quality of Products
3D scanning allows you to create digitized three-dimensional models or prototypes with high accuracy, in a short period of time. This means that if you’re an engineer or a manufacturer, you can easily compare ‘as-designed’ models to the ‘as-built’ condition of manufactured products and quickly detect any quality issues. This quality control process can be automated, making it easier and speeding up the process.
In addition, you can also create molds with the help of 3D scans which will ensure accuracy of your manufactured products. This guarantees that all the parts of your design would fit perfectly as per the design requirements.
- New and Improved Manufacturing Methods
3D scanning technology makes it possible to manufacture parts that otherwise cannot be manufactured by traditional processes. By employing 3D scanning into the manufacturing process, you can ensure that all manufactured parts are produced to the same standard. This is especially due to the advantage of 3D scanning in the tooling process. With 3D scanning, you can now easily analyze tool wear and predict or eliminate tool failure. And should the tool be worn-out, you can accurately recreate the tool with your existing 3D scans!
- Reduced Material Wastage
By eliminating trial and error processes, 3D scanning minimizes material wastage. You no longer need to create multiple prototypes of a product to ensure that different parts fit together perfectly, for example. In addition, there is no longer the need to ship a physical prototype to a factory for production – you can simply send the 3D rendering of your model to get it manufactured, cutting down on shipping costs as well!
- Time-Savings & Lower Costs
Speaking of costs, did you know that you can reduce the cost of a typical manufacturing design cycle by 75% simply by implementing 3D scanning? This is because 3D scanning reduces the number of prototype design cycles necessary to manufacture a product, speeding up the process and saving you both money and time. With 3D scan data, designers can also easily alter designs to meet different requirements or even scale up or scale down their designs easily without needing to create physical prototypes.
Regardless of the industry your business is in, you’ll probably benefit from implementing 3D scanning into your workflow. We’ve talked about how 3D scanners can improve your work quality and reduce costs, and given examples of real-life applications in various industries. But the applications of 3D scanning are endless! If you’d like to find out more about what 3D scanning can do for your business, contact us.